Litigating by day; fornicating by night

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

Early in my career there was a long-ago-retired, rural-county judge who admonished litigants violating the following rule that, “ya cain’t be LIT-I-GATE-in’ in the daytime

Out of control but not crazy

Posted Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Alimony/Spousal Support, Attorney's Fees, Child Support, Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Appellate Decisions, South Carolina Specific

The October 21, 2020 South Carolina Court of Appeals opinion in Rogers v. Rogers partially answers the question of just how crazy a family court

Let’s save the warm fuzzies for the end of the case

Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

I am aware that I could double my case load if I gave potential clients the warm fuzzies and projected more confidence in a likely

Tax refunds or obligations from the year of filing a marital dissolution action are partially marital

Posted Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Equitable Distribution/Property Division, Litigation Strategy, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

With the October 15th tax deadline approaching, I am receiving emails from numerous clients regarding disputes with their estranged spouse over how to file last

Are you seeking to modify or enforce that family court final order (or do both)?

Posted Saturday, October 10th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Contempt/Enforcement of Orders, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

In my eleven-plus years of doing this blog I’ve yet to write about the different procedures and goals in modifying versus enforcing a final order

Pet peeve: certificates of service in South Carolina trial courts

Posted Friday, October 9th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Can someone please explain why so many attorneys prepare, and often file, certificates of service in South Carolina trial courts? I assume it’s because they

Interrogatory answers need to be accurate, complete, and minimal

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Family Court Procedure, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

My standard procedure in answering interrogatories is to obtain an opposing party’s questions as a word document, cut and paste into my own responsive word

Expert testimony bolstering a child’s credibility is improper

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court Procedure, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, South Carolina Specific

Despite repeated opinions from the South Carolina appellate courts indicating that expert testimony bolstering a child’s credibility is verboten, it continues to happen. Perhaps this

It is the parent’s job to get along with the teen, not the teen’s job to get along with the parent

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

I handle my share of custody disputes in which a teenager is miserable at my client’s home and my client attempts to explain or justify

Teenagers and weekend visitation

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Child Custody, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

For parents who have a minority of custodial time, especially those whose school-year time tends to be concentrated on weekends, the teenage years create new

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